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By jayhawk88 (Fri Feb 06, 2009 at 12:07:05 PM EST) (all tags)
Feel free to read this in Andy Rooney's voice.

- You have a friend, who is down on his luck. He needs $500 to make his rent this month. You're not exactly rolling in it yourself, but you don't want to see your friend out on the street, so you scrape the money together, maybe take out a cash advance on your credit card even, and you get him the money.

The next day you see him walking around with a brand new iPod. When you confront him about it, he tells you that he was planning to get this for a long time, it's a "present to himself". Are you pissed? Of course, you're Hyper Turbo Pissed. It doesn't matter if your friend pays you back in full later on,  you're still pissed. Then why are we supposed to just roll over and take it when banks and investment firms, whom we gave literally billions and billions of dollars to, continue to pay their executives millions of dollars in bonuses, buy jets, etc. Of course we're going to be pissed. I love the "oh government shouldn't tell private business how to spend money, ooooh scary" argument too. Bullshit. Let me repeat the key phrase here: Billions upon Billions of dollars. Literally.

- Meanwhile, no one cares because the world is going to end because Obama took off his jacket in the Oval Office. Are you serious? It's a damn good thing I'm not President; after something like this I'd show up to every damn function in jean shorts and a t-shirt that read "Now what, bitches". What the hell morons? The Presidency was created specifically to be an anti-king; a common man elected by the people who was not of nobility, had no right to power other than what we granted him. Less than 300 years, how quickly we forget. A "dress code of respect" , what a load of crap. Obsession with dress code is the surest sign of a small mind I can think of, and now we see a(nother) pretty good explanation for the past 8 years. I know he won't because it's just loonies screaming in the night, but Obama really ought to call people out on this.

- The world needs more Chuck D in it's life. This is the guy you make Secretary of State. Seriously, the man could read the ingredients of a soup can and start a revolution (potassium bensoate...STOP THE HATE!). You're telling me that at a negotiating table, a world leader could not agree to peace if Chuck was pushing it? Not likely.

- The NBA could instantly create the third biggest sporting event in this nation by scrapping their All Star Weekend and implementing a two-on-two tournament for NBA stars. Let the fans vote for the 10 captains just like they vote for the All Star starting lineups now, let those captains pick their teammates, let the coaches fill out 6 more team slots by voting for teams formed by all the left-over players, and go. 16 teams, first round games on Friday down to 8, second round games on Saturday down to 4, and the "Final Four" on Sunday one game in the afternoon and one in the evening, with maybe a 3 point/dunk contest in between games to give the players time to rest.

Wouldn't this be at a minimum the second most interesting sporting event behind possibly the NCAA first and second round, and at a minimum the third biggest, behind the NCAA and the Superbowl? Can you imagine the drama, all the possible angles? Kobe v. LeBron in 2 on 2? Kobe v. DWade? LeBron v. Dwight Howard? Who would someone like LeBron pick as his teammate, if he had his choice of anyone in the league sans the other 9 captains? Does a big man/little man combo win it, or just two pure scorers? All the remaining players who fill out the final 6 teams, how would those teams shake out? They'd be underdogs sure but they'd play with a chip on their shoulders, especially considering they were "snubbed" by the captains picking their teams. Exactly how much money would change hands in Vegas in a Kobe/David West v. LeBron/Paul Pierce final? Imagine the hate that would carry over if guys who met in the tournament finals eventually met in the playoffs/Finals? Wouldn't this draw attention from even people who hate the NBA?

- Meanwhile, the NFL Pro Bowl needs to be taken out back and shot. They're going to move it to the mainland, they're going to move it to the week before the Superbowl, they're going to use cattle prods to get players to play...Stop. No one cares. Players don't want to be there, fans don't want to watch, it's horrible to watch aesthetically after the level of play you see in the playoffs. Baseball, basketball, and hockey can have their all star games mid season because their seasons are long enough, players can half-ass it and still make decent looking plays, and half the league isn't in intensive care. Football can't do this. By the time the playoffs are over, we're done. The American appetite for football does have a limit. We can still stomach the Super Bowl because it's about a party, not football. But there's not room for anything else. NFL needs to have the courage to admit this to itself, the product will be better for it.

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Private by duxup (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Feb 06, 2009 at 12:48:16 PM EST
Heck they're not even totally private companies anymore.

I like the 2 on 2 NBA idea but I'm not sure I'd watch it much more than once, then again I think the NBA stinks.  Too many games at weird times and too many unlikeable players.

Yeah the NFL needs to give up on the pro bowl.  It is stupid.  It is a sport of attrition and you don't even WANT the players to take it seriously or bad things will happen.

Pro Bowl Fail by nightflameblue (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Feb 06, 2009 at 12:52:06 PM EST
The real failure of the Pro Bowl is that there's no real cohesiveness. It's not a set unit of players put together, it's a different group every new drive on both sides of the ball. Right about the time a group finds their rhythm - dun. Next please.

Plus, you know, it's a sucky concept. Quarterback challenge > Pro Bowl. There, I said it.

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-1: too US centric by Dr H0ffm4n (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 02:51:55 AM EST
Who's Andy Rooney?

I don't agree about banker's bonuses. If you don't pay a bonus to a banker, he'll sue and win. Then quit and be hired by someone who can pay his bonus. If he's a good earner that is.

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